Posted by: Billy Marsh | November 9, 2007

The Christian and the Thought-Life

In light of my previous post on chapter 9, “Freedom in the Thought-Life,” of Francis Schaeffer’s book, True Spirituality, I felt compelled to submit to you all some resources that I’ve currently benefited from that surround the issue of ideas, worldviews, and thought-forms. This is a very relevant topic, and I think that Schaeffer’s chapter was quite profound in how he illustrated that ultimately “every man lives in his own head (100).”


Seattle Pacific University: SPU has uploaded most of their chapel sermons, lecture series, and other speeches onto iTunes University. Click here to go to their link to iTunes U. Or, if you have iTunes, just type in the titles to these lectures in the search engine, and you will be able to download them for FREE!

  1. “Discipleship of the Mind” – James Sire = This lecture is about 30 mins long. Sire does an outstanding job of showing the great need for the Christian to surrender his or her intellect to the Lord.
  2. “A Passion for Truth: The Future of Christian Higher Education” – Alister McGrath = I will admit, after listening to this talk, I was ready to change the world. McGrath shows how the spiritual climate of the world is often determined by those who write the books. This a lecture which calls our generation to arms.


  1. Your Mind Matters – John Stott = This is a short, but incredibly profound book. Stott defends the Christian mind against current trends of anti-intellectualism. Click here to read my review of the book.
  2. Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society Through Christian Higher Education – David S. Dockery = I haven’t read this book, but I’ve heard nothing but good about it. Click here to read Dr. Al Mohler’s wholeheated endorsement of the Dockery’s new book.


  1. Some other good books along these lines include JP Moreland’s “Love Your God With All Your Mind” and “Fit Bodies, Fat Minds” by Os Guiness.

  2. Yeah, those are a few of the books that I’ve been wanting to read. Moreland and Guiness are top notch.

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